conduit

Instead of complaining about your chores, be grateful for the conduit, or pipe, that brings water to your home. Thanks to it, you don't have to go fetch water from the well whenever your mom wants a cup of coffee.

The noun conduit comes from root words meaning "pipe," and the word retains this definition. For example, a channel between a reservoir and a water treatment plant could be called a conduit. Conduit can also be used in a figurative sense to refer to someone or something that conveys goods, information, or ideas. For instance, a religious leader might be seen as a conduit who brings divine messages to the people.

DEFINITIONS OF: conduit

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n a passage (a pipe or tunnel) through which water or electric wires can pass

“the computers were connected through a system of conduits
Examples:
trans-Alaska pipeline
an oil pipeline that runs 800 miles from wells at Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez
Types:
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aqueduct
a conduit that resembles a bridge but carries water over a valley
duct
an enclosed conduit for a fluid
flue
a conduit to carry off smoke
millrace, millrun
a channel for the water current that turns a millwheel
penstock, sluice, sluiceway
conduit that carries a rapid flow of water controlled by a sluicegate
spill, spillway, wasteweir
a channel that carries excess water over or around a dam or other obstruction
tube, tubing
conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases
waterspout
a channel through which water is discharged (especially one used for drainage from the gutters of a roof)
air-intake
a duct that admits air to be mixed with fuel
air duct, air passage, airway
a duct that provides ventilation (as in mines)
barrel, gun barrel
a tube through which a bullet travels when a gun is fired
blow tube, blowgun, blowpipe, blowtube
a tube through which darts can be shot by blowing
blow tube, blowpipe, blowtube
a tube that directs air or gas into a flame to concentrate heat
cannula
a small flexible tube inserted into a body cavity for draining off fluid or introducing medication
capillary, capillary tube, capillary tubing
a tube of small internal diameter; holds liquid by capillary action
catheter
a thin flexible tube inserted into the body to permit introduction or withdrawal of fluids or to keep the passageway open
chimney
a vertical flue that provides a path through which smoke from a fire is carried away through the wall or roof of a building
chimneystack
the part of the chimney that is above the roof; usually has several flues
cigarette holder
a tube that holds a cigarette while it is being smoked
coil
tubing that is wound in a spiral
chromatography column, column
a vertical glass tube used in column chromatography; a mixture is poured in the top and washed through a stationary substance where components of the mixture are adsorbed selectively to form colored bands
drain
tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material
hose, hosepipe
a flexible pipe for conveying a liquid or gas
inner tube
an inflatable rubber tube that fits inside the casing of a pneumatic tire
chimney, lamp chimney
a glass flue surrounding the wick of an oil lamp
mouthpiece
the tube of a pipe or cigarette holder that a smoker holds in the mouth
pea shooter
a straight narrow tube through which pellets (as dried peas) can be blown at a target
pipage, pipe, piping
a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.
pipe, tobacco pipe
a tube with a small bowl at one end; used for smoking tobacco
silencer
short tube attached to the muzzle of a gun that deadens the sound of firing
siphon, syphon
a tube running from the liquid in a vessel to a lower level outside the vessel so that atmospheric pressure forces the liquid through the tube
speaking tube
a tube for conveying the sound of a voice from one room to another
stem
the tube of a tobacco pipe
stent
a slender tube inserted inside a tubular body part (as a blood vessel) to provide support during and after surgical anastomosis
drinking straw, straw
a thin paper or plastic tube used to suck liquids into the mouth
test tube
glass tube closed at one end
torpedo tube
a tube near the waterline of a vessel through which a torpedo is fired
venturi
a tube with a constriction; used to control fluid flow (as in the air inlet of a carburetor)
well point, wellpoint
a perforated tube driven into the ground to collect water from the surrounding area
Type of:
passage
a way through or along which someone or something may pass
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